COVID-19 Resource Information

COVID-19 numbers have increased in Newton County and the State of Georgia during the month of July. Social distancing, face masks and hand washing are just three of the recommended ways to fight the spread of COVID-19. This page includes links to resources about recommended guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, including up-to-date Executive Orders from Governor Kemp,


July 31, 2020 Executive Order

"Empowering A Healthy Georgia"


  1. Effective from August 1, 2020 at 12:00 A.M. until August 15, 2020 at 11:59 P.M., all residents and visitors of the State of Georgia shall practice Social Distancing. All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their homes or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia shall practice sanitation in accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Sheltering in Place, as defined in Section III of the Executive Order from August 1, 2020, is in effect until August 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The following groups of people must continue to Shelter in Place until that time:
  • Those persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements, and community integration homes. 
  • Those persons who have chronic lung disease.
  • Those persons who have moderate to severe asthma. 
  • Those persons who have severe heart disease. 
  • Those persons who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication.
  • Those persons, of any age, with class III or severe obesity.
  • Those persons diagnosed with the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.

The complete Shelter in Place guidelines start on page 6 of the Executive Order from July 31, 2020.

3. A business, establishment, corporation, non-profit corporation, organization or county/municipal government shall allow "gathering of persons" (defined as more than 50 people in a single location) if the grouping is transitory or incidental. 


Furthermore, the "Empowering a Healthy Georgia" Executive Order from July 312020 addresses the protocol for social distancing and operations in Restaurants/Dining Establishments; Industry, Commerce, Organization & Non-Profit (which includes gyms, fitness centers, bars, movie theaters, amusement parks, water parks, etc.); Childcare/Education; Healthcare; Governments; Sports and Entertainment Venues and Conventions.


Any county or municipal order that is more or less prohibitive is hereby suspended by the July 31, 2020 order.

July 31, 2020 Executive Order

"Renewal of Public Health State of Emergency"


  • On July 31, 2020, Governor Kemp issued a new Executive Order renewing the State of Emergency until Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. To read the Executive Order, click here